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Man Surrenders In Connection with Paperboy Shooting

June 25, 1987

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ A 60-year-old man was behind bars today in connection with the shooting of a teen-age violinist who was delivering newspapers to earn money for an orchestra trip abroad, authorities said.

Homer H. Hubbard, who lives on the street where 17-year-old Keith Edward Hurn was shot in the head early Sunday, surrendered Wednesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest, said police Lt. Dennis Atkins.

Hubbard was being held in the city jail on bond of $100,000.

The warrant on a complaint of shooting with intent to kill was approved Wednesday by Assistant District Attorney Fred Morgan, said police Lt. Randy Orndorff.

No formal charges have been filed and police did not speculate about a motive in the shooting.

Police questioned Hubbard earlier after a shotgun cartridge was found near his house.

Hurn, who was hit by one of two shotgun blasts, was in fair condition at St. Francis Hospital today.

The Tulsa Youth Symphony violinist and high school honors student had been working as a substitute paper carrier to earn money for the group’s trip to Britain July 20-29. Saturday was supposed to have been Hurn’s last day as a substitute carrier, but the regular delivery boy’s return from vacation was delayed.

Hurn may be released in about a week and, if there are no complications, should be sufficiently recovered to travel next month, hospital officials said earlier this week.

The teen-ager was wounded while he and his father, John Hurn, delivered newspapers by car.

Doctors said a pellet from one of the shotgun blasts penetrated the youth’s brain. He underwent surgery for the head wound Sunday and was conscious shortly afterward.

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